Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Results Are In...

Waiting for the vet to call us back with Petunia's biopsy results was agony.  The final report took over a week, but I am happy to say that the tumor was benign!  To celebrate, here are some pug shots.  

Making sure I don't get too far away, but too lazy to follow me downs the stairs.
She literally makes me shoo her down the stairs so she can do her after-dinner business.  Then she doesn't want to come back inside.
Hanging out with her best buddy.
Being this cute is exhausting.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Recent Reads: Things Have Gotten A Little Bit Dirty

Radio silence, then two blog posts in a row?  I am on fire this week!

I have been reading/listening to a lot of books in 2016.  Partially, because I need something to pass the time on those 5 hour cross-country flights for work, and partially because I joined a book club.  I have to admit, I am not much of a joiner.  I generally don't like having commitments to places that I need to be (outside of work).  I like the freedom to plan my weekends as they approach.  However, my friend has been a member of this book club for eight years and was persistent that I come.  I was a little afraid that reading a book because someone said I had to would feel a little too much like school.  So far this has been a good experience, and I have met some interesting people.  We'll see if I still feel this way in a few months.

As you can tell from my reading list, I have recently discovered the author Penelope Ward, and have devoured everything she has written.  Her books fall under the "new adult" category, which comes after "young adult."  These books have all been juicy, fun reads, but definitely not for kids under the age of 18.

I finally read Will Grayson, Will Grayson (it was the last John Green book on my list), and I have to say, I really didn't care for it much.  The same can be said of Burnt Mountain, which had me all the way up until the final chapters, where is just fizzled out and died.

One of my favorite books listed here was The Basic Eight.  It was really well written, and the characters were well developed.  It had the kind of twist ending that you don't really see coming until right before it does.  I recommend reading the summary, if you want to get an idea for how amazing this read really was.  I also really enjoyed Pretty Girls (and the accompanying novella Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes).  They are the kind of books that scare you because you know that this kind of thing really happens.  Definitely not reading you should do right before you go to sleep.

Have you read any of the books on this list?  What's that last good book you have read?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Little Bit of Surgery

*Taps mic*  Is this thing on?

I am not quite sure how so much time has passed since my last blog post.  April, August, hey, they both start with an A.  Maybe no one will notice?

For those of you that are keeping tabs on my dog situation, not much has really changed.  We did meet with a new behavioral specialist, and they gave us some great advice.  They also offered to put the dogs into their intensive behavioral modification program to try to make things better, but they couldn't guarantee anything would actually be better.  It was a very expensive program for no promise of returning to our old normal.  For now, that is on hold.  Somehow, we are managing in our "new normal."

Unfortunately, we did find a suspicious growth on this little knucklehead.  We had dealt with mast cell tumors before (Meatball had a major surgery to remove three before we moved to Atlanta).  So we took her to our vet, and they recommended removal.  I was super-terrified about the whole thing, since Petunia suffers from the occasional seizure, and I wasn't sure how going under would affect her. Luckily the operation was quick and without incident.

This is Petunia the night of.  She was a bit out of it, and really just wanted to snuggle under the covers and be alone.  She snapped back to her old hyper-active self a few days later, but it was hard to see her so uncomfortable.  She is usually very velcro dog, who needs to be under foot all of the time. Happily her need for alone time was short lived, and she is currently sleeping on my foot as I am writing this.

Her surgery wasn't quite a week ago, and we are waiting on the results of the biopsy.  In the meantime, she is getting lots of playtime and extra chewies.  I am also snuggling her a little bit harder these days.  I'll give another update once we know the results.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Stitch Fix #2

For my second fix, my theme was airport chic.  I have been traveling for work, and I always feel like such a slob when I get off the plane.  My stylist Brittany did not disappoint, and I received another fabulous box.  I will tell you upfront that I only ended up keeping two of the five items she sent to me, but I found two pieces that I would not have discovered on my own.  I feel like I already have a good wardrobe foundation, but I am looking to augment with items that I wouldn't necessarily pick out for myself.  Let's get into the details.

Papermoon Pensacola Lace Back Knit Top ($54):  I really wanted to love this top.  Brittany suggested that I pair it with leggings, knee-high boots, and my Bancroft necklace from my first fix for for a comfortable and chic look.  I wear leggings most of the time when I travel, so this was right up my alley!  However, the top did me no favors in the figure department (I ended up looking pretty lumpy).  The lace detail that covered the back was beautiful (and not see through, which is a bonus for me).  I just couldn't pull this one off, so to the return envelope it went.

Laju Valora Embroidered Top ($58):  I was so excited to see that this top was included in my fix.  I had pinned this to my Pinterest board, and thought it would be a great addition to my closet.  The embroidery detail was beautiful in person, and this is a top that can easily be dressed up or down. The top was a little wrinkly from shipping, but I realized that I was running out of time to send back the items that I wasn't going to keep (and scrambled to do this photo shoot).  This was a keeper!

Margaret M Emer High Waisted Trouser ($98):  I fell in love with Emers during my first fix, and even pinned a few pairs to my board asking for more.  I am so happy that my second pair was basic black, because they could not be more versatile.  I also like the way by rear looks in them (almost like it has some kind of shape to it).  These were definite keepers as well!

Diba Adela Laser Cut T-Strap Sandals ($75):  Did you know that Stitch Fix now carries shoes?  I was super excited to receive this pair in my box.  They were both cute and comfortable, and fit me really well.  My only issue with these was that I owned another pair similar enough that I couldn't justify keeping these (but that says a lot about Brittany getting my style).  I ultimately ended up sending these back.

Here are the top, pants, and shoes together.  There is no denying that they make a completely adorable outfit.  This is absolutely my style, and absolutely something I would wear.

Collective Concepts Andersson Printed Kimono ($48):  I did ask that Brittany send a kimono in my fix so I could try out something for the summer that wasn't a cardigan.  She suggested that I wear it over the top and pants for an easy and professional travel look.  I loved this concept, however the kimono was simply too big on me, and completely swallowed my shape.  I loved the material, the embroidered edges, and the pattern.  I may ask to try again in my next fix, but size down to see if I can pull it off.  I ultimately had to send this one back.

Since the kimono didn't work out so well, I grabbed a short sleeved cardigan and ballet flats from my closet to put together an outfit that I would wear to work or even on a plane.  If I wasn't convinced to keep the top and pants before, I was completely sold now.

I would consider my second fix a complete success!  For me, it isn't about having a five out of five every time. I really enjoy the process of have a stylist pick out pieces that I might not choose for myself and discovering new brands.  A lot of the fun is in the surprise (although I do admit to peeking on the Stitch Fix app, once my package has been sent).

If you are interested in trying your own Stitch Fix, here is my referral link  (I get a Stitch Fix credit if you use my link).  Once you create your own account, you take a style profile quiz to help you stylist identify your likes and wants.  You are also encouraged to create a Pinterest board, where you can pin items that suit your style and even request items from other people's fixes that you want for yourself. There is a styling fee of $20 per fix, which goes towards keeping any items you decide that you can't live without.  If you keep all 5 items they send you, you get an additional 25% off of your entire order. 

It is worth mentioning that you can have fixes sent to you as often or infrequently as you want.  There is an option for automatic fixes (delivered in intervals of your choosing), as well as an option for a one time fix.  Either way, you get to choose the approximate delivery date.  You can also choose not to have certain types of items or colors sent in your fixes.  You can even choose items for upcoming events (think wedding season shopping) and the price points you are comfortable spending.

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Hi, I'm Erin. I am living back on the east coast after 15 years out west. Currently readjusting to humidity and mosquitos. I love to take pictures and read fashion magazines.... and to talk about nothing in particular (ok, and my dogs).

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